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City Alerts Residents of Minor Error in Ballot Measure

An informational pamphlet incorrectly stated the development in question would be located west of Valle Road.

The city is notifying registered voters that there was an error in the of Measure B, which has been corrected.

The analysis, written by the city attorney, was included in the informational pamphlet that was mailed to voters. It indicated that the project would be built west of Valle Road, when in fact it is east of Valle Road.

The City Council on Tuesday opted to send letters notifying residents of the change so they wouldn't be confused when headed to the ballot box June 7. The mailings are expected to cost as much as $6,600.

Corrections have also been made to the official ballots.

The special election will be held June 7 for San Juan Capistrano residents to decide the type of development they'd like to see along La Novia Avenue. The choice is between plans approved in the 1980s for a hotel, public institutional building and 440 homes/apartments; or plans approved in 2010 for a 500-horse equestrian center, 230-plus homes/condos/apartments and a retail/office/commercial center.

As of May 13, the Orange County Registrar of Voters had mailed 8,296 ballots to voters in San Juan Capistrano.

Voters have until 8 p.m. June 7 to return their ballots (postmarks do not count). Polls will also be open throughout the city June 7. Voters can check their sample ballots for the location of their poll site.

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Penny Arévalo May 21, 2011 at 01:38 AM
Yeah, west of Valle Road puts the development ... on the freeway!
Mamie May 21, 2011 at 02:31 AM
Jenna, Do you know. . . How much the city paid Mr. Sandoval to write the initial impartial analysis? Who is paying for the re-write to correct Mr. Sandoval's first mistake? Who is picking up the $ 6,000 tab for the mailing? If you could be so kind to report on that, I would appreciate it. Thanks.
rick lyons May 21, 2011 at 06:56 AM
It was my understanding from the City Council meeting that the taxpayers are picking up the tab. Mr. Sandoval's firm should do the right thing and pick up the tab for he and his firms error. I am sure that his firms insurance company has an error and ommissions clause. Come on Mr. Sandoval, do the right thing and pay the taxpayers tab.
rick lyons May 21, 2011 at 07:07 AM
Penny, it is a minor error, however we do pay the City attorney a handsome amount of money to make sure it is correct. I understand to error is human, however, he is being paid very well to not make any mistakes. By the way Penny, like Jenna you are doing a great job on the CUSD reporting. Thank you.
Kim McCarthy May 21, 2011 at 05:43 PM
Frankly, King Allevato should pick up the tab for paying Sandoval alltogether. Sandoval acts as the King's personal atty finding loop-holes in any law or rule to support Allevato's personal agendas--it is so glaringly obvious, its sickening. Annexing property to Allevato acting as head cheerleader for Yes is Less while representing himself as the "Mayor"..... everyone is so desensitized to this blatant abuse of position and power in this town...The day I get to see "WHAT GOES AROUND COMES AROUND" for these 2 is coming soon...KIM
Sandra Weaver May 22, 2011 at 03:34 AM
I voted already--mistake or no mistake. The people who took the time to educate themselves know what this project entails. I voted "Yes" on B.
Rob Clyde May 23, 2011 at 03:43 PM
The rendering maps on the Yes on B mailing were so small that I'm sure most readers could not tell the difference between the flip-flops. Given all that this election is becoming a classic dirty tricks campaign starting with the stealing of huge numbers of "NO on B" signs with none missing for YES on B. License numbers have been taken but apparently nothing has been done about misdemeanor thefts by the city. Next, people are coming around neighborhoods, in our case, Mrs. Walker who told us about the flip-flop artwork in the mailing and "Oh by the way, I'm not supposed to say that by voting YES we'll be getting Trader Joe's"! Asked to prove it, she said it's an inked deal but only in YES passes. Lastly, the "YES on LESS" positioning statement is totally misleading and a lie. The statement has no relationship to the developement other than to confuse. In short, NO means stop the Distrito and YES means to approve the Distrito--simple as that! In all of this, no one in power appears to take the high ground and be ethical about stopping the communication abuses. ARES, their PR minion and a six-figure war chest should easily buy a YES vote even though it entails dirty tricks, lies and innuendoes.
Small Town Girl May 23, 2011 at 07:11 PM
People who took the time to research this project knows that "Yes is a Mess". I hope the City doesn't expect us to pay for their errors. We decided to VOTE NO on Measure B in order to preserve the character of our City. Omar Sandaval, the city's attorney, should print a retraction of his mistake and so-called impartial anaysis.
Kim McCarthy May 23, 2011 at 07:19 PM
Omar Sandoval should be fired...for many reasons, this just being one of them. Allevato and Freese should step down and remove themselves from the council for their shameless abuse of power in their promotion of Yes on B in their rallies with the developers and articles in the papers using their council titles. ARES should be run out of town for their lies yes is less...and their slum landlord abuse of the SJC residents in the mobile home park...kim

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